So much has been written about the various control structures that it might seem a worthless exercise to write about such matters. Why add to the noise?
It’s important to understand the origins of Gnosticism, not only to properly grasp the false teachings Scripture warns against, but also to draw a clear distinction between the Essenes of Qumran and those of Egypt when considering the information revealed to us through the Dead Sea Scrolls and how these revelations can inform our faith.
Some believe that the Bible supports modern astrology and that even the Magi who found Jesus and brought him gifts practiced it in the same sense we think of today. But is that the case? For answers we look to Scripture, the early church fathers of the first and second centuries, the ancient books of Jasher, Josephus and the Dead Sea Scrolls.